The PlayStation 4 is the successor to the PlayStation 3 .
System Specs & Details[edit | edit source]
- 8GB of GDDR5 RAM
- 8 core "Jaguar" CPU
- 500 GB internal Hard Drive (upgradeable and replaceable)
- Gigabit Ethernet (rear port) + WiFi
- HDMI in-out + Optical output
- USB 3.0, two ports
- Not Region Locked (digital content however requires you to make alternative accounts)
- Internet not required except for PSN and game updates.
- PlayStation Plus required for online play. Can import and use your PS3/Vita name.
- No Backwards Compatibility, however, select PS 1-3 games
can be "streamed" via PS Now.if you're not in NA or EU, forget about it.
- Mandatory Game Installs of even disc-based games
The List[edit | edit source]
Don't forget to check the Upcoming games page
A-on is short for Always Online. For this list, it means that the game requires an internet connection to have all of its features. If the game servers or the internet are down then the game will not work correctly. In short, this game will most likely not be functional outside of this console gen as game servers are taken down due to games getting older.
Have you played these games? They need a description to be added onto the list:
- Detroit: Become Human
- Omen of Sorrow
- Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Ghost of Tsushima
|Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown||Flight Combat||No||Ace Combat is back! After multiple pathetic attempts to westernize or go free-to-play, Bandai Namco finally said "fuck it" and let Project Aces make a traditional style game again. After a twelve year wait the results are pretty fucking good. The graphics are amazing and the game plays like a dream. The story is...pretty dissapointing. It tries to hit those sweet melodramatic notes from past games but kind of falls on it's face with awkward pacing and generally uninteresting characters. Overall it's maybe a slight step down from the PS2 Holy Trinity but it's still very deserving of it's name. Has online multiplayer dogfights that are awesome but anyone still playing it is stupidly good. If you can get enough friends together for a private lobby it's a lot of fun.|
|Alien: Isolation||Survival Horror||No||Survive in a ship full of hostile aliens, malfunctioning androids, and paranoid crew mates out to kill everything that moves. Actually has decent AI unlike the other Aliens game on this platform, so don't get the two mixed up!
Pacifist protip: the stun baton is a lethal weapon to humans.
|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Action-Adventure||Yes||Pirates... and assassins! Come for the murderboating, stay for the |
|Batman: Arkham Knight||Action-Adventure||No||Sequel to Batman: Arkham City. After Joker's death, Gotham City goes mad as Scarecrow teams up with the mysterious Arkham Knight to wreak havoc. You know the deal by now - punch bad guys, do detective work, punch more bad guys. But this time, you can use the Batmobile, a feature that is great at first until they ask you to keep using it over and over again. Also, Scarecrow-induced hallucinations give you even more Joker screentime, |
Note - As WB Games is publishing this title, there is already a metric fuckload of DLC cut up and sold in tiny bite-sized packages (unless you bought the season pass). Most opinions on the DLC are somewhat mixed, especially concerning how short they are, so I would suggest holding out for the inevitable GOTY edition if you want it THAT much. Which you don't, since the '66 Batman costume is free for PS4, and that's all the bonus content you'll ever need.
|No||Considered to be a spiritual successor to the Demon's/Dark Souls games, as they share the same development team and director. Bloodborne ditches the dark fantasy approach for a Lovecraftian one with a Victorian-style city, but the elliptical storytelling and grotesque monster designs prevail. Gameplay is also similar: dying is inevitable and pressing on is a game of risk vs. reward, but combat is much more offensively-oriented, ditching shields in favor of pistols and featuring a small amount of very distinct melee weapons. As always, online multi-player allows you to summon companions for help or invade other players' games. A very challenging and richly-detailed experience that fans of the Souls series will feel at home with, if not outright prefer.|
|Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night||Metroidvania||No||Koji Igarashi's return to video games after almost a decade comes in the form of a spiritual successor to his amazing run of Castlevania games. Bloodstained is another very good one of those, but don't expect anything super new or exciting. The graphics are pretty ugly but the music is solid and the gameplay is a lot of fun. If you've played Iga's Castlevania games then you know what you're in for and if not then play at least Symphony of the Night first.|
|Borderlands: The Handsome Collection||FPS / RPG||No||Includes Borderlands 2 as well as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!.|
|Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons||Adventure||No||A short but fun game with an isometric view, now in physical form. Control two brothers on a journey to help their ailing father.|
|Control||Action/Adventure/TPS||No||From the folks who made the first two Max Payne games and Alan Wake. You play as a fugly lady looking for her brother and finds herself as the new director of this X-Files style government agency tasked with overseeing and covering up supernatural occurrences. Over the course of the game you acquire cool powers and upgrades to your gun. Has some small metroidvania elements. The main appeal is the style and world design which are dripping in cool supernatural conspiracy shit.|
|Crash Bandicoot N-sane Trilogy||Platformer||No||Crash is freaking back! This collection is a wonderful remake of the first (and the only remarkable) three games of the series, originally made by Naughty Dog. Graphics are are superb but the physics, despite being good and on point, are not 100% accurate to the original games, making the learning curve surprisingly steep at the beginning, but nothing that will make you tear your hair out (unless you're going for the 3 platinum trophies).|
|Crash Team Racing Nitro-fueled||Kart racing||Sorta||A faithful remake of the all time classic Crash Team Racing from the PS1. It features all the original characters, modes, tracks and the adventure mode of the original, along with all the characters and tracks (no adventure mode unfortunately) from Crash Nitro Kart, but with the satisfying, easy to learn hard to master gameplay of the first one. Beenox has been adding more content, and now characters and cars from other Crash games (even the fucking Checkpoint crate made it in) and Spyro are available. Prepare to get destroyed online unless you know all the shortcuts and hidden mechanics, but it is still worth trying it to get Wumpa Coins, in-game currency needed to buy new characters and cosmetics (you can grind them offline (still needs an internet connection though) but it takes way longer, or buy them with real life money, but that's shitty)|
|Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin||Action RPG||No||An upgraded version of Dark Souls II. Includes all of the previously released DLC. Enemy placement is wildly different from the PS3 version. In fact, if you play this shit for the lore, stick with the PS3 version because the enemy placement makes no godamn sense anymore.|
|Dark Souls III||Action RPG||No||The final game in the series, this time with Miyazaki back at the helm. Expect a faster pace this time around, as the team was still fresh off of Bloodborne. This one is generally considered better than Dark Souls II, but not quite as good as DaS 1 nor Demon's Souls.
Ashes of Ariandel is a 3 hour piece of shit with little content and two bosses, but the Ringed City makes up for it and effectively ends the entire series. The Fire Fades Edition contains all DLC, so if you've waited to get a complete edition while waiting for a reasonable price, then now's the time.
|Death Stranding||Action/Delivery||Sorta||A Hideo Kojima game. You play as |
Storywise it hits several Metal Gear-esque beats, with excellent atmosphere and worldbuilding, along with a nice cast of interesting characters and enjoyable villains. Gameplay largely focuses on taking orders and delivering them through harsh terrain. This involves inventory management that emphasizes weight and balance, plotting and building routes to your destination, and overcoming the impressive amount of hazards in its enormous maps. Despite the walking simulator meme, combat can be pretty common and as the game goes on you'll have a decent arsenal of weapons to choose from. A healthy amount of boss battles also make a welcome comeback compared to the lack of them in MGSV.
Also notably the first one-and-done narrative Kojima's written since Policenauts; no obvious sequel hooks here.
The most divisive game of 2019 due to its slow pace and goofy product placement, you'll either love or hate it.
Also coming to PC in 2020.
|Devil May Cry 5||Character Action||No||Like many Japanese AAA game companies in the previous generation, Capcom's attempts to westernize their IPs ended up as a horrible embarrassing failure. Fortunately they learned their lesson and as a result we have the first mainline DMC game in 11 years. You play as either Dante, Nero, or a new guy named V who summons the bosses from DMC1 to fight on his behalf. V's levels are cool but only really hold up on a first playthrough. Dante and Nero really shine with each of them building off their previous incarnations in DMC4. The game delivers on the cuhrayzee and then some which is all it needed to do after the crummy reboot.|
|Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition||Action RPG||No||The DRM issues from the original PC version do not apply to UEE, due to the offline mode that the PC version is lacking.
It's Diablo. If you don't know what to expect from Diablo, you're underaged. Not nearly as good as Diablo II, but nobody needs to port that anyway.
|Dragon Ball FighterZ||Fighting||No||A super fast-paced fighter (think Marvel vs Capcom) with Dragon Ball Z/Super characters, excellent even if you're not a fan of Dragon Ball. Takes some pages from Guilty Gear Xrd, using the same 3D-styled graphics made to look like 2D sprites. Story mode is what you'd expect from fighting games these days but the character interactions are surely entertaining.|
|Driveclub||Racing||No||A somewhat arcade-y racing game with nice controls and excelent graphics.
Used to have a free/trial version for Plus subscribers with plenty of tracks and cars, but they've removed it since people weren't buying the full game (kek). It's a cheap and excelent option for fans of the genre, specially because NFS is sucking nowadays.
|Dying Light||Zombie Dropkicking||No||The Dead Island guys decided to make a fun game this time around. You parkour around the zombie apocalypse in order to save your friends from a manaiac. Has co-op which is definitely the recommended way to play. Has inexplicably been supported with one paid expansion and a shit ton of free DLC in the years after its release.|
|Earth Defense Force 4.1 – The Shadow of New Despair||TPS||No||An upgraded version of EDF 2025 from the previous gen. You hunt hundreds of giant bugs in huge destructable cities with a goofy Starship Troopers vibe. Low budget but a shit ton of fun. Has local and online co-op.|
|Far Cry 4||FPS/Action-Adventure||No||Go to Nepal. Ride elephants. Kill tigers. Shoot colorful enemies and restore temples. Have fun!|
|Final Fantasy VII Remake||Action-RPG||No||A full remake of the Midgar section of Final Fantasy VII. Play as Cloud, mercenary, helping out AVALANCHE to save the planet against the evil corporation Shinra. Be warned that the story isn't a 1:1 adaptation of the original, and there are a couple of bold changes, especially near the end. Some love it, some don't. This is directed by Tetsuya Nomura, so if you hate Kingdom Hearts and other Nomura shenanigans, you might also hate this. Regardless, it knows what it's doing, and "changing destiny" is a main theme in this story, so it's not completely out of nowhere. Also, the game kind of expects you to already know the story of FF7, but you can still enjoy this as a newcomer.
The gameplay is a refinement of Square's previous attempts at mixing up real-time and turn-based combat, and is arguably the best combat system of the series in recent memory. Think FF15, but more grounded, with an ATB gauge, multiple playable characters, and XIII's stagger system (but not annoying this time). The materia system is basically the same as the original, adapted to the new gameplay. It gets really fun once you get the hang of it. The game is gorgeous, albeit very linear (it's not as bad as XIII but not as good as X in that regard), with a couple of areas with side quests and mini-games. The main cast is more lovable than ever, and that Uematsu soundtrack is god-tier.
It's a great imperfect game, with many things to love about it, and a lot of charm.
|Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster||RPG||No||A remaster of Final Fantasy X International and Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission for the PS3, the updated graphics look nice but the FMVs are just the PS2 FMVs re-rendered in 1080p and the voices aren't changed but the addition of the International bonuses and the HD graphics are worth replaying this game. Has the option to change the soundtrack to the original PS2 soundtrack or the re-arranged PS3 and PS Vita versions.
Also available on PS3 and on PS Vita. PS3 version has a bonus Music Blu-ray OST disc. PS Vita splits the two games from each other and doesn't include the bonus Music Blu-ray OST disc on the PS3 but offers us good portability. Supports cross-play (you can transfer saves between the PS3, PS Vita and PS4 versions) but not cross-buy. Both PS3 and PS Vita versions have downgraded graphics and no option to play with the PS2 soundtrack.
Every console version only includes the english voices.
|Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn||MMORPG||Yes||Significantly better than FFXIV's first outing, which was absolutely terrible. Squeenix listened to all the complaints and criticisms, and more-or-less created the game people actually wanted (a WoW clone). The combat system is a little tired (press button to use skill/spell, and make sure to move out of the way of attacks), however the dungeons are superb, as is the overworld, art, graphics, and music. It also has selling/auctioning items, player to player interaction, forming parties and 'companies' (guilds), and has a decent storyline to boot. It has had a few issues going out, but they've been patching regularly to fix anything the community generally complains about. Overall, a decent MMO with a fantastic setting.|
|Final Fantasy Type-0 HD||Action-RPG||No||Imagine Crisis Core but better with 14 different playable characters, playable summons, A WORLD MAP, chocobo breeding and a fantastic story. The gameplay is difficult and will kill you if you get careless but is fun and faster than Crisis Core because less "slot machine" bullshit. Much, MUCH, bloodier, gorier and violent than the previous Final Fantasy games.
Has updated graphics compared to the PSP version, as well as the option to change the voices to English or Japanese, no multiplayer (as if anyone cared about it), an exclusive alternate ending, an updated soundtrack and an exclusive demo for Final Fantasy XV for the Day One edition. Keep away from the English dub, it is the worst English dub Square has ever worked on (even worse than Final Fantasy X but not as bad as FF4 SNES). Has a somewhat spotty translation so get the PSP version if you are willing to pirate and you have PPSSPP or a PSP with CFW.
|Final Fantasy XV||Action-RPG||No||Well, here it is. After ten years of the rockiest series of development cycles since Duke Nukem Forever, you can finally get your hands on Final Fantasy XV, and thankfully it's not another Duke Nukem Forever.
As Prince Noctis, heir to the Lucian throne, you're tasked to go on a road trip with your three closest friends to the neighboring country of Tenebrae in order to marry your childhood girlfriend, Lunafreya. This innocent bachelor party turns into a quest for vengeance when your kingdom gets sacked by the evil Niflheim technocracy. Final Fantasy hijinks ensue as you sneak into military bases, crawl through absolutely brilliant dungeons (I'd even argue XV has the best dungeon designs in recent FF memory), race chocobos, go on fetch quests, and teleport like a madman smacking a bunch of classic Final Fantasy monsters around. What's not to love?
The main questline is short for an FF, averaging around 20-25 hours (around 30 with the DLC), but there's plenty of side content and minigames to fill your time. The Royal Edition comes with all of the paid story DLC, an online mode, the ability to ride around in a boat (with more fishing spots), and an expanded version of the final dungeon, along with cutscene and story updates, and is ultimately the best way to play the game.
One other note: I strongly suggest you watch the tie-in film Kingsglaive before playing the game, as a lot of very important plot elements take place there, and a major character is literally introduced seconds after that character's exit from the film. It is also recommended to watch the 5 free, short anime episodes titled Brotherhood on Youtube, as they provide a backstory for the main crew. You may want to hold off on watching the anime and Kingsglaive until after chapter 1 as they do technically spoil a major plot event.
|Fire Pro Wrestling World||Wrestling Sim||Yes||The first real Fire Pro game in over a decade. It returns to it's roots with 2D sprites at an isometric angle and the wrestling is reminiscent of the classic games. What puts this game over the top is not only the massive customization options but the ability to share any custom wrestlers, referees, and rings/arenas. For the console version you can go to their website and give them your PSN credentials in order to upload and download custom content, similar to steam's workshop feature for the PC version. The game also has licensed New Japan Pro Wrestling content including an odd adventure game style story mode. Some of the features require an internet connection which is a bummer but even just the core package alone is worth it.|
|Ghost Blade HD||Shmup||No||A cool manic shooter, originally released on the Dreamcast, with some solid indie pedigree: the producer and the programmer of Pier Solar, plus the designer and the composer of Last Hope. Their main inspiration is distinctly - or even shamelessly - Cave's DonPachi series. Gorgeous highly detailed backgrounds and nice electronic soundtrack. Very enjoyable, but perhaps a bit on the short and easy side.|
|God of War III Remastered||Action-Adventure||No||The remastered port of God of War III in delicious 1080p and running at a silky 60fps. Picks up right where God of War II left off, so dust off that PS2 or PS3 if you need to jog your memory. Arguably the best game in the series and considered one of the best franchise finales in gaming. That is, until...|
|God of War (2018)||Action-RPG||No||After killing everything with a pulse in Greece, Kratos heads north to Scandinavia, settles down, and starts a family. When his wife dies, Kratos takes his BOI on a nature hike and spectacular hijinks ensue.
Responding to criticism of Ascension being samey bullshit, Santa Monica Studios overhauled their latest entry from the ground up. Instead of his trusty Blades of Chaos/Athena/Whatever, Kratos now carries a magic axe that can fly into his hand like Thor's Hammer. The map gives you room to backtrack without being completely open world, there are deeper RPG elements beyond "pour blood into the thing you want stronger", your son is a useful sidekick who manages to not be annoying, and the plot is stronger than it's ever been. The more things change, though, the more they stay the same. The combat is still as brutal as always and is still accompanied with cutscenes dedicated to how killed Kratos can make his enemies, and the setpieces and soundtrack are still just as mindblowingly massive and beautiful as they've been since game 1. Really the only bad news is that titties are no longer a feature. If you can bear that you're in for another great entry into the franchise.
|Godzilla||Kaiju Fighting||No||This game is bad by modern standards. It looks like shit and controls like shit. However, if you're willing to put up with it there's a remarkably fleshed out Godzilla game hidden under the bullshit. You go around destroying cities and the occasional rival Kaiju. Bamco were crazy for trying to charge full price for what is ostensibly a PS2 game but if you know what you're getting into going in it can be fun.|
|Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2||Fighting||No||Fight colorful characters with other colorful characters in lovely 3D-as-2D art design levels. Extremely technical gameplay is complemented by extremely thorough tutorials that explain the systems about as well as possible. Guilty Gear is famous for the "Roman Cancel" system, which interrupts your actions for a cost to allow for combos beyond the scope of what the game normally allows, and Xrd features changes to make it more intuitive than it was in XX. The comprehensive fighting package is complemented by a visual novel-esque story mode with literally zero gameplay, but the story is surprisingly good if hard to follow at times. Revelator's story mode is a direct continuation of the story from -SIGN-. If you want to play the complete story you'll need to get both versions. Xrd -SIGN- has now been followed up by Xrd Revelator and Xrd Rev2, which feature more characters, content, and balance changes.|
|Gundam Breaker 3: Break Edition||Beat'em Up||No||You build a gundam by having it break the parts off other gundams. Import only. New Breaker is absolute trash get this instead.|
|Grand Theft Auto V||Action / Adventure / Open World||No||The sprawling sun-soaked metropolis of Los Santos is chock full of self-help coaches, starlets and C-List celebrities, once on top of the media world, now struggling to stay relevant in time of economic malaise and lowest-common-denominator reality TV. Amidst this madness, three unique criminals plan their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a street-level hustler in search of opportunities for serious money; Michael, an ex-con whose "retirement" is a less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent dude driven by the chance for a quick high and the next big score. Nearly out of options, the crew risks it all in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life - one way or the other.|
|Gravity Rush Remastered||Action||No||A port of one of the few PSVita games worth getting. You play as a girl with amnesia who discovers she can manipulate the gravity around herself. It starts out as a fun little superhero game but the story goes in some crazy directions. The physical version had a very limited print run and is hard to find these days.|
|Gravity Rush 2||Action||No||Fantasic followup to the first game. More abilities and a larger world allowing for expanded gravity hijinks. Also a really good story. Unfortunately it got lost in the shuffle of early 2017 releases and no one bought it, so don't expect anymore of these.|
|Hitman 2||Stealth/Puzzle||Yes||After getting dragged through the mud like every other Eidos ip in the early 2010s, Hitman made its triumphant return in 2016 with an amazing return on par with Blood Money. Hitman 2(not to be confused with 2002's Silent Assassin) is almost a level pack add-on to the first game, with a new turorial level and 5 main levels alongside some quality of life improvements. If you own the 2016 game(or if you pay 20 extra bucks) you'll also be able to import all the maps and missions from that game to Hitman 2. There were also 2 additional DLC missions added later to the game, as well as over a year of updates from the devs adding new missions inside each of the huge sprawling levels. Each level allows for a million ways to kill all your targets and there are various challenges you can do to unlock even more tools to carry over to different levels as well. The one major downside is an always-online requirement for unlocking content and levelling your character.
The third and final game of the trilogy has been announced and players will be able to carry over not only the maps and missions, but also any progress and unlocks made playing Hitman 2.
|Horizon Zero Dawn||Action/Adventure||No||You play as a ginger cave woman fighting dinosaur mechs. The Killzone guys finally were allowed to make something new. The world is neat and the graphics are pretty but the gameplay is just kind of ok and it is bogged down in design-by-committee bullshit like item gathering for crafting, useless rarities, and milquetoast stealth mechanics. Story goes in some pretty interesting directions. Don't expect the next great open world masterpiece but there is some fun to be had here.|
|inFAMOUS: Second Son||Action / Adventure / Open World||No||inFAMOUS Second Son is an action adventure game in which, surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. Step into a locked-down Seattle as Delsin Rowe, who has recently discovered his superhuman power and is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy your power as you choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition||Fighting||No||Lay the virtual smackdown on some of your favorite DC comic heroes and villians. Raven vs Cyborg? Batman vs Superman? Aquaman vs Captain Marvel (Shazaam)? Go for it! Also has a story mode that doubles as a tutorial to help players learn the ins and outs of this fighter as well as a challenge mode with tricky combat for the vets.|
|Injustice 2||Fighting||No||Picking up from where the first game left off, this is one gigantic love letter to DC, with a much more varied roster (f*** yeah Swamp Thing and Doctor Fate!), improving on everything from the first game and with one of the most epic stories ever on a fighting game (eat your heart out you stupid DC movie directors)!
DLC pack 1 adds Starfire, Red Hood and Sub-Zero, pack 2 adds Balck Manta, Raiden and Hellboy while pack 3 adds Atom, Enchantress and the freaking TMNT as a single character!
|The King of Fighters XIV||Fighting||No||One of the greatest fighting game series is back! The series went full |
The first DLC pack adds Whip, Yamazaki, Vanessa and Rock from Garou.
|Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far||RPG||No||The latest Kingdom Hearts collection, comprising 1.5+2.5 HD Remix and 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (man these titles were getting ridiculous). Don't bother if you already own these two collections because there's nothing more to it, unless you want a slightly classier packaging and the two discs in one box.
Otherwise, if you're planning on getting Kingdom Hearts III in January, you better get this; a mistake KH newcomers often make is to believe there are two main games, and the other games are just spin-offs. They're wrong. All the entries are main games, even the handheld games (hell, even the stupid mobile game set 1000 years before has important plot points), and from the look of it, KH3 will bring everything together, so if you want to get a chance to grasp what the fuck is going on in it, you're gonna have to play all of them.
Anyway, it's Kingdom Hearts. What started as babbie's first Final Fantasy featuring Disney worlds became its own full-fledged series, getting more and more ridiculously complex and edgy story-wise, but also very charming, with stories of friendship, light vs. DARKNESS, and all that good stuff.
Gameplay-wise, they all have something interesting going on, even if some episodes are weaker than others, there are no bad games per se in this.
In the end, you're getting 6 full games and 3 movies (the two Nintendo DS games and the mobile MMO were turned into movies) for a decent price, so if you didn't get into the beautiful clusterfuck that this series is yet, this is the ultimate collection to go with.
|Kingdom Hearts III||Action-RPG||No||You've already played this if you're into Kingdom Hearts, and you probably never will if you're not into it. Please don't start with this one if you're new to the series.
The game was bound to disappoint to some degree, but it's still pretty good. KH3 manages (a little clumsily) to conclude (or does it?) almost 20 years of this beautiful mess of a story. There's a little of every previous game in it, which can be pretty satisfying if you're a true fanboy who played all of them. Gameplay is as fun as usual and it has some really good moments.
The Re:Mind DLC adds a new story segment with other playable characters, Data fights against each Organization XIII member, a secret episode with a secret boss fight, and a couple other features. It is 30 bucks though, so it's really up to you if you want to extend the KH3 experience further.
|The Last Guardian||Puzzle/Pet Simulator||No||A spiritual successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian pairs a young boy with a gigantic gryphon-like creature called a Trico. You and Trico are tasked with working together to escape an enigmatic fortress known as The Nest. Like its preceding games, the puzzles are fun and on point, the atmosphere is as stunning as always, and the story is minimally told and incredibly touching.
Bear in mind Trico does have a hidden trust meter and responds better when given attention and training. There's something satisfying about teaching him how to catch food barrels in midair, for example.
Overall The Last Guardian is one of the best games of 2016, and a must play if you're a fan of Team Ico games.
|The Last of Us Remastered||Action / Adventure / Survival||No||Twenty years after a pandemic radically transformed known civilization, infected humans run amuck and survivors kill one another for sustenance and weapons - literally whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a salty survivor, is hired to smuggle a fourteen-year-old girl, Ellie, out of a rough military quarantine, but what begins as a simple job quickly turns into a brutal journey across the country.|
|Mad Max||Action / Driving / Harpoon Fishing / Survival||No||A fairly direct prequel to Fury Road, Mad Max is the game that fans of the series always wanted. Mostly silent protagonist, carbuilding/survival focused story that really picks up near the end, mentally fucked characters who make up cool words, everything you'd expect from the series, and you get to go to Gastown to boot. While the map is actually varied, it does tend to dip into the copypaste shit that plagues most open world games. Still worth a shot if you like the prospect of ushering War Boys off to Valhalla.|
|Marvel's Spider-Man||Action-Adventure / Doing Whatever a Spider Can||No||Spider-Man is back baby, and he's cooler than ever. Made by the developers of Ratchet & Clank, set in a gorgeous, lively rendition of Manhattan, Marvel's Spider-Man is a great open-world action game, heavily inspired by the Batman: Arkham series, sometimes even improving on them.
Combat is very similar, and although not as tight, it is lighter and more aerial, and overall really fun. You also get some stealth sequences, with a bunch of gadgets to play around with. The web-slinging is some of the best in any Spider-Man games, arguably as good if not better than in Spider-Man 2. Simply roaming around the city feels fantastic. The open-world system is however pretty formulaic, basically a Ubisoft open-world with towers to reveal parts of the map, main missions, side missions, and collectibles; it's not gonna blow your mind but it does the job. Story-wise the game begins like a fairly by-the-numbers Spider-Man story but it has its fair share of cool twists to keep you interested. You will probably get sick of the dumb puzzles and the boring MJ/Miles/Peter phases pretty quickly though (there's an option to skip the puzzles if you really hate them). Features state-of-the-art graphics and the soundtrack is really nice too.
It's an AMAZING Spider-Man game that, as virtually every professional critic said in the exact same tone, really makes you FEEEEEL like Spider-Man — and they wouldn't be wrong — with plenty of stuff to do, cool suits to unlock, and super-villain butts to kick. If you enjoyed the Batman: Arkham games and want more, or simply if you want a good Spidey game, you will love it.
Also the GOAT Raimi suit was added in a free update, unlocked from the get go, and if you're not wearing it as soon as you're able, then you're playing it wrong.
|Mega Man 11||Platformer||No||Mega Man returns after a long hiatus on his first 2.5D adventure! Introduces the Double Gear system, which allows to temporarily power up Mega Man's attacks or to slow down time, with the entire game designed after these new abilities, with the tried and true challenging but fair difficulty of the series.|
|Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes||Tactical Espionage Action||No||The semi-demo "prologue" to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Invade a U.S./Cuban base to save your friends. Additional missions use the same map, but change it so you have to assassinate soldiers/obtain enemy intelligence/save Hideo Kojima, allowing you to play in different ways. Many people complained about the incredibly short playtime of the game (around an hour for the main mission), so rent it first if you're not sure if you want it yet.|
|Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain||Tactical Espionage Action||Sorta||The continuation of Ground Zeroes. More of an open world Metal Gear this time - you can try to get in without alerting anyone to your presence, and then go in guns blazing after that fails. Catch animals and send them to your Mother Base! Fight alongside a mute sniper in a bikini! Teach a wolf how to CQC! The choices are as limitless as the story is unfinished.
Note: The "sorta" in terms of always-online refers to FOB missions, where you can invade other players' Mother Bases and vice versa. There's also reportedly microtransactions related to base building, so tread with caution.
STAAAAANDING ON THE EEEEEDGE OF THE CRATER-
|Metro Redux||FPS/Survival Horror||No||Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light brought together into one beautifully remastered game. Living in a radioactive Russian hellhole has never been so pretty!|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Action RPG||No||A complex and beautiful RPG for people who just can't get enough Lord of the Rings or |
|Monster Hunter: World||Monster Hunting||No||It's Monster Hunter, but now your casual friends can play too! One of the few examples of a game attempting to broaden it's playerbase by becomming more accesible and succeeding without compromising the spirit of the series. You hunt monsters, grind out materials for armor and weapons to go and fight more monsters.|
|Mortal Kombat X||Fighting||Yes||FINISH HIM!
Mortal Kombat, now featuring Jason Voorhees and Predator!
|NieR: Automata||Action||No||The sequel to one the seventh gen's best hidden gems. Turns out replacing an old man with a hot babe in a short skirt is what was needed to get people to care about NieR. Doesn't hurt that they replaced the questionable gameplay with Platinum, even though this is one of their weaker games it's a step above the prequel. Typical Yoko Taro depressing story which are always better than almost anything out there in games.|
|Nioh||Action RPG||No||Ninja Gaiden meets Dark Souls. You play as a Scottish ninja, based on a real person, who's spirit is kidnapped by an evil wizard. You must travel to Japan in order to get her back. You fight all sorts of grotesque enemies and amazing bosses. There are 7 different melee weapon types and three different ranged weapons to choose from all with their own styles and unlockable combos. The postgame DLC campaigns are amazing, easily the best stuff in the game. A Complete Edition is sold digitally with all the DLC.|
|Nioh 2||Action RPG||No||More like a Nioh map pack than a full second game. A prequel to the original; you play as a silent custom character who works as a lieutenant in Nobunaga's army conquests and beyond. All the weapons return from the first game as well as new dual-axes. It's an easier and longer game than the original Nioh(sans DLC). Has a *lot* of reused content from the first game, to the point of laziness. Still, a pretty good action game.|
|Persona 5||RPG||No||You got an assault charge for punching out a rapist, forcing you to transfer to the only school that's willing to accept you. On top of that you've gained the power to access the hearts of the corrupt, and decide to steal their darkest desires with the power of your Personas.
(very) Arguably the best entry of the Persona franchise, and widely considered one of the best JRPGs of all time, Persona 5 takes its tried and true formula and adds a fun Lupin the Third style heist element to keep things interesting.
With gorgeous art design, a dark, gripping story, a monstrous length (over a hundred hours for the main story alone!), a bounty of sidequests, and a rock solid battle system, Persona 5 must not be missed.
|Raiden V: Director's Cut||Shoot 'em Up||No||The newest entry in the Raiden series, which despite bad initial impressions by shmupfags proves it is a worthy successor to the classic titles.
Despite the "Director's Cut" in the title this is the exact same game as the Xbox One version.
|Rayman Legends||Platformer||No||The classic platforming legend Rayman is back with hard levels and fun, fast gameplay!|
|Red Dead Redemption II||Action / Adventure / Open World||No||Beautiful open world game set in the old west and serves as a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. Play as a gang member on the run from the law in the 1890s. Rob stagecoaches, trains, banks and simple townsfolk or go fishing/hunting/gambling. Massive world with lots of sidequests and random events. The story is pretty good with a likeable main character. Just don't touch multiplayer, which was a shitfest from the get-go after Take-Two realized how much money GTA Online made.|
|Remnant: From the Ashes||Third-Person Shooter||No||A gun-based Dark Souls rip-off from the guys who made the Darksiders games. You run around randomly genereated worlds set in different biomes shooting and smashing enemies and fighting a wide variety of interesting bosses. It's a run based game and items carry over between runs, so sometimes you'll get a key in a zone for a door that you can't get to without rerolling the zone or going to a friend's world. Has a lot of secrets and unlockables. Multiplayer isn't required but a lot of the game feels designed with it in mind.|
|Resident Evil 2||Survival Horror||No||A complete remake from the ground up of the 1998 horror classic. Capcom went above and beyond to do it right and the game is really fucking good. It's over the shoulder third person instead of the original's fixed camera angles and some elements of the world and puzzles and characters are different but it's all still phenomenal. The changes they made to Mr. X in particular stand out. Even if you don't have nostalgia it's still one of the best modern horror games, especially at the AAA level.|
|Resident Evil: Revelations 2||Survival Horror
|No||More co-op TPS action in the style of RE5. This time one person plays as the shooter and the other plays as a more supportive character. The game is built around this dynamic and it's pretty interesting, but potentially also boring for the support player. Takes place between RE5 and 6 and features two intertwining storylines: in one you play as Barry Burton and a mysterious kid called Natalia, and in the other you play as Claire Redfield and Barry's daughter, Moira. Overall very fun and a similar experience to RE5, with the added benefit that partner A.I. is no longer useless, but it's really short. Note: The requirement for getting the good ending is bullshit, but goddamn that ending's dank as hell.|
|Rez Infinite||Rail shooter / rhythm||No||Eden, the world's most advanced artificial intelligence, is about to crash under the weight of too much knowledge. You are a computer virus whose task is to fight past her defenses to force a reboot. Remake of the Dreamcast cult classic, with improved graphics, an extra area, and support for PSVR. It's absolutely gorgeous and trippy: everything is timed to the music, and your actions become notes and beats, creating a synaesthetic spectacle.|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||Action-Adventure||No||Sequel to the acclaimed reboot. This time, Lara goes to Russia to find an object that can provide immortality for whoever touches it (how original).
Since the original release was a Microsoft timed exclusive, the PS4 got a somewhat Ultimate edition with all DLC content, including some special low-poly outfits that you get after beating the game. Its an improvement of the first game overall: tons of collectibles, more optional tombs, side-quests (?!) and finally Lara has stopped using torches to enter dark places.
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||Action||No||The Dark Souls/Bloodborne guys made a new game. You play as a shinobi in fuedal Japan who needs to rescue his young master from a clan who has kidnapped him in order to steal his blood. Unlike the Souls games there is very little customization and really only a handful of "correct" approaches to any combat encounter but in turn those encounters are super fine tuned. Combat is purely timing based, where the best way to kill an enemy isn't to whittle down their health bar but to tire them out by deflecting all their blows and forcing them to deflect yours until they are vulnerable enough to be stabbed in the face. Also no multiplayer, so you can't summon anyone to beat the bosses for you but you can't get invaded either. Somewhat divisive for people who liked the Souls series for it's customization or pvp or depressing world but it still has the super polished gameplay and tough but fair challenge of their other games.|
|Shadow of the Colossus||Action / Platformer||No||A cinematic game with very few "game-y" elements and a vague, open story. Your task is to travel a barren land, seek out, and slay sixteen lumbering giants. Remake of the PS2 classic. Not only does this game have better graphics, it can also take advantage of the PS4 Pro by increasing the resolution to 1440p (upscaled to 4k) and run at 60fps most of the time if set to performance mode. It also has the option to use either classic or modern controls.|
|Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition||Action
|No||You play as an undercover cop infiltrating a Hong Kong gang. It has a similar urban setting and open structure to the GTA games, with a richly detailed game world. Unlike GTA, combat is melee-focused with a similar system to the recent Batman games. The story is a bit of a letdown but Wei is a memorable protagonist, and there's lots of side-content to tackle if the main story starts boring you. This is also a good game if you enjoy ogling buff Asian men. Don't expect Yakuza or anything, though. Recipient of the Biggest waste of Emma Stone Award.|
|Soulcalibur VI||Fighting||No||Another solid entry in the Soulcalibur series. This time the guest character is Geralt from the Witcher. The character creater is kind of the star of this game. You can recreate almost anyone you can think of, albeit most will be horrible abominations. Kind of came and went at release due to coming out a week before Red Dead 2.|
|Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition||Fighting||No||This is it, Street Fighter V the way it should've been at launch. It only took Capcom two bloody years, eh? All characters from the first two seasons come unlocked from the start and it adds a HUGE arcade mode, perfect for the players who don't care about playing online.
If you were stupid enough to buy the vanilla version it will automatically update to this for free, thankfully.
|Tekken 7||Fighting||No||The seventh main entry in the Tekken series. If you have ever played a Tekken game, you know what to expect: lots of characters, great graphics and a great soundtrack. The most balanced Tekken to date. The game is sadly lacking a bit in offline content, there is a story mode but it's quite lackluster. And the arcade endings we all know and love have been replaced with character episodes that are really bad. Features Akuma from the Street Fighter games.|
|Tetris Effect||Puzzle||No||Super trippy Tetris where the music plays to the pace you're playing at and the further along you get the more things crescendo until you're on some wild jounrey. Arguably the coolest version of the classic puzzle game.|
|Titanfall 2||Mech FPS||No||The first game in the parkour and mechs series was an Xbox exclusive and multiplayer only but the sequel came out on PS4 as well. This time however the big brains at EA released the week in between Call of Duty and Battlefield so no one bought it. It's a shame too because the multiplayer is awesome but pretty dead at this point. There is a fantastic single player campaign. It's on the short side but if you can find a copy on the cheap it's worth an afternoon.|
|Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition||Action-Adventure||No||Join young Laura Croft back when she was just a normal college student and not an amazing explorer on an adventure with her adopted father and unravel an Asian-flavored mystery on a dangerous island. This game was heavily praised for it's use of character development and richly detailed maps. Quite QTE-heavy and plays like Uncharted with marginally more freedom. If you hate final bosses, rest easy; there isn't one. No more dankass tiddies either, but the butt game is on point.|
|Uncharted 4: A Thief's End||No||Nathan Drake, now retired, has to go back on one last |
|Until Dawn||Interactive Drama / Survival Horror||No||It's like one of those cliche horror movies where a bunch of teenagers stay at a spooky place and start dying one by one, except you choose the outcomes and it has multiple endings. Think a Telltale game where the choices actually matter.|
|The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series - The Complete First Season||Graphic Adventure||No||Come for the zombies, stay for innocent little Clemetine. Manly tears will be shed! Warning: this is pretty much a Visual Novel with some point and click mechanics added in, so don't expect high action even if the plot largely makes up for it.|
|The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Game Series||Adventure||No||Part two of the series plays like part one while continuing Clementine's story. Some have said it lacks the emotional punch of part one due to having too many characters, but others are just happy to see what happenes to our little girl.|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||Action RPG||No||You are Geralt of Rivia, a witcher - that is, a monster hunter and mercenary. Travel around the world, helping or hindering others, while fighting the mysterious army known only as "Wild Hunt". While combat may vary in enjoyability from person to person, the real hook is the story: you have 50 hours worth of gameplay, and that's from the side missions alone. Worth a try just to see how much love CD Projekt RED puts in its games.
This goes for the DLC as well. Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine are both well worth the extra money, pack on around 30 extra hours, and have great stories to tell in their own right.
|The Wolf Among Us - A Telltale Game Series||Adventure||No||Sick of zombeis but want more Visual Novel style gameplay? You're in the right place. In Fabletown all of our myths and legends are real people with real problems. In fact, someone just got murdered... the first someone in hundreds of years. As Sheriff Bigsby Wolfe (aka "The Big Bad Wolf") it's up to you to find the killer and put an end to this before Fabletown tears itself apart. Not as Furry as it sounds.|
|The Wonderful 101: Remastered||Action-Adventure/Hack n' Slash||No||No one owned a WiiU so it can be forgiven if you didn't play the original release of this game, but now its out on PS4/Switch/PC so you no longer have an excuse. A top tier classic action game from Hideki Kamiya and Platinumgames. You play as a group of superheroes that can combine together to make various weapons and fight aliens. Amazing boss fights. It's a (vague) spiritual successor to Viewtiful Joe and Kamiya is currently working on another superhero game to finish the psuedo-trilogy.|
(Ryu ga Gotoku: Ishin)
|Action-Adventure/Open World||No||All the punk punching, manly mini-game filled goodness you can expect from the Yakuza series, but thrown back to 19th century Japan. Huge amount of content for completionists, super comfy historical Japan setting with epic MANLY HONOR AND PRIDE plot, sword fighting, gardening, and more. What else can you ask for? A Western release apparently; Ishin is only available in Japan. With no English subtitles or menu options, only those familiar with the series or Japanese would be able to make it through this title, if it weren't for this excellent guide.|
|Yakuza 0||Action-Adventure/Open World||No||Set in money crazed 1980's Japan, Yakuza 0 serves as a more in depth origin story than what we were given in early titles in the series. Saga protagonist Kazuma Kiryu doesn't even have his back tattoo finished in this title. With two interesting playable characters who battle with three fighting styles each, this is probably the best combat found in the franchise. Along with more substories, more, crazier minigames, and incredible visuals, this might be the overall best Yakuza game, period.|
|Yakuza 6: The Song of Life||Action-Adventure/Open World||No||The 7th game in a series no one in the west gave a shit about until the 6th entry. If you've played 1-5 and 0 you know what you're getting and if you haven't then what the fuck are you doing? Go play the others first. The Grand Finale of Kiryu's story. They somehow roped in motherfucking Beat Takeshi to voice a major character, even though he hates vidya and technology.|
|Yakuza Kiwami||Action-Adventure/Open World||No||A remake of the first game in the series but in the modern engine. The original Yakuza is pretty clunky so this is an improvement in the gameplay department. Has some new features as well but they aren't really worth the trouble.|
|Yakuza Kiwami 2||Action-Adventure/Open World||No||A remake of arguably the best Yakuza game. They got a television drama writer to do the story for this game and it shows. It has one of the best narratives in a game of it's era. They made some changes to the combat that are hit and miss but this version is a lot easier to find than a PS2 copy so if you don't want to go through the trouble then this is a fine substitute.|
|The Yakuza Remastered Collection||Action-Adventure/Open World||No||Remastered versions of Yakuzas 3/4/5. These versions added back content cut from the original western releases of all three games and also allowed for 1080p/60fps performance. This is also the only way to own a physical copy of Yakuza 5 in the west as it originally was download only due to the series not being popular enough here to warrant a full physical release. Thanks to Yakuza 0 enough normies finally got into the series and Sega decided to put this release out here. All three games are amazing and now you can own all 7 mainline games on one console.|
|Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana||Action-RPG||No||Despite being a numbered title this game actually takes place between Ys V and Ys VI, as Adol and a bunch of other people end on a mysterious island and must find a way out. This game brings back the party system from the two previous titles and adds a lot more exploration, making this the longest title in the series so far. Unique in that unlike other entries you don't have towns, instead you must find the other survivors from the ship crash scattered along the island and help build a settlement where they will share items and other stuff in exchange for materials as there is no actual money in the game.
KEEP IN MIND: This game was localized by NIS America, arguably the worst western localization company. Tons of bugs that weren't there in the first place are added and awful translations ensue when a game is touched by them, and YS VII was no exception. However, they did release a patch that fixed some of the bugs and edited some of the dialogue. Buy used or learn 日本語 already and import.
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|Consoles||Ouya - Sony PlayStation 4 - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Wii U - Microsoft Xbox One - Valve Steam Machine|
|Handhelds||Nintendo 3DS - Sony PlayStation Vita|